August 14, 2020 Irving Related

NEW: IRVING 2ND PLACE WINNER FOR NORA’S PROJECT

We are very proud to share that Irving school placed second out of 50 schools at The Nora Project virtual training camp this summer! The Nora Project’s award-winning school programming allows students to explore disability, adaptation, and friendship in exciting and innovative ways. Our educators earned the highest combined point totals of all participating schools by providing co-taught inclusive social emotional lessons with our general education and special education students. This makes Irving uniquely poised to impact ability inclusion and social change this year.

In recognition of our teams' achievement, we received a grant for inclusion related expenditures and a trophy.  Thank you Marta Mohammad, Jen Browning, Molly Zience, Jorie Grogan, and Megan Vella for your hard work and dedication. 

NEW: SAVE THE DATE: STUDENT IPAD AND MATERIALS PICK UP

Mark your calendars for Friday August 28th!  We will be holding a student iPad and materials pick up.  Please refer to our Distribution flyer for information on times and procedures. 

NEW: SAVE THE DATE: MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 26th! We will be holding a virtual meet the teacher night.  More details will be coming soon.

STUDENT REGISTRATION

Families who are enrolling students in District 97 for the 2020-21 school year—including parents of new students and kindergartners—are encouraged to complete registration as soon as possible. Returning families should ensure that all required residency documents are uploaded. For more information about the registration process, please visit https://www.op97.org/hr/student-registration or email [email protected].

SCHOOL PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS

Although District 97 is starting the 2020-21 school year with remote learning, the State of Illinois is still requiring all students entering kindergarten, 6th grade, and any students new to District 97 to turn in a current school physical (Certificate of Child Health Examination and Immunization record) with up-to-date immunizations (requirements for the State of Illinois can be found here).  If you have not already provided this information when you registered your child, please email your child's' records directly to your school nurse.

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION

We know that a common experience for many families during this health crisis is the loss of jobs and income. This change in income may qualify your children for free or reduced-price meals. We encourage all families who currently qualify to take a few minutes to complete the National School Lunch application as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please email the district's food service coordinator, Carla Ellis, at [email protected].

DISTRICT & COMMUNITY UPDATES

NEW: D97 SURVEY: SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS

District 97 is continuing to plan for the 2020-21 school year and is prioritizing the social-emotional and mental health needs of students, staff, and families to ensure the availability and quality of appropriate resources and supports. We have partnered with Hanover Research to design and analyze a survey to understand your needs and priorities related to social-emotional and mental health for this school year, and we would like to hear from you.

You can access the survey here or by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_39RQ56KYF6mBgwZ. The survey will close on Monday, Aug. 24.

Please note that your responses to this survey will be completely anonymous and will only be shared with District 97 in aggregate form, so please be candid in your responses. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey!

NEW: PARENT UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

The communication department set up a D97 Parent University website which includes links to all the recordings and decks from the August 13th D97 Parent University Information Night.  They also set up a YouTube playlist, which is linked from that page. 

SUMMER MEAL DISTRIBUTIONS TO CONTINUE THROUGH AUGUST 24TH

District 97 has been working with our food service provider, Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200, to ensure that all District 97 students have access to meals this summer. D97 will continue to hold weekly meal distributions through Monday, August 24.

Details about meal distribution during Trimester 1 are still being finalized. We hope to share information with families soon.

Summer meal pick-ups will be held every Monday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave. Meals are available to any District 97 family in need.

If you have any questions, please contact our food service coordinator, Carla Ellis, at [email protected].

INFORMATION FROM COMMUNITY CHILD CARE PROVIDERS FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

District 97 is working with community partners to support the child care needs of our families and staff. We are currently partnering with three providers: Hephzibah, the Park District of Oak Park and By Discovery. Details about each program can be found here.

The district will be providing financial assistance for any student who receives free or reduced lunch for at least Trimester 1. We will discuss the possibility of additional fee coverage with the Board of Education once plans are determined for the remainder of the school year. Details are provided at the point of online registration for each child care provider.

PANDEMIC EBT BENEFIT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31ST

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT to provide nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. Families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. If your child receives free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or your child attends a school that offers free school meals to all students, then you are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. Families who have lost their job or wages may now be eligible.

The deadline to apply for this benefit has been extended to Aug. 31, 2020. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please visit https://bit.ly/2DJDEAd.

FREE VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS CHECKS FOR STUDENTS

Because our students’ mental health needs don’t stop on the last day of school, we’re still here for you! District 97’s school psychology and social work departments collaborated to offer free access to virtual mental health wellness checks during the summer. Scheduled 20-minute appointments are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

If you think your child would benefit from an empathetic ear and a few coping and self-care tips, please sign them up here for a 20-min appointment (or contact [email protected] if you do not have a Gmail account). Prior to the appointment, you will receive a link for the video call. If your child is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, please do not use this service and instead call the Thrive 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 708-383-7500. You may also refer to this resource guide created by the District 97 Social Work Department.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Wednesday August 26th:       Meet the Teacher Night
  • Friday August 28th:                Student iPad and Materials Pick Up
  • Tuesday September 1st:        Student’s First Day (District information regarding the calendar)

IMPORTANT LINKS

Below are links that feature important school and district-related information and resources.

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